Using the open web for legal research isn’t always the best idea, especially if you are using Google. Millions and millions of often irrelevant results and paid advertising, make for a time-consuming endeavor.
A great article on some new options was recently published in the Legal Technology section of law.com (Reading the Future of Web Search). Two law-related search engines that aren’t mentioned in the article, but should have been are Westlaw WebPlus (only available when logged onto Westlaw) and LexisWeb (currently in a free beta). Both of these search engines offer many of the advantages mentioned in the article, but with a focus on the legal resources. Perhaps this is the future of web search for lawyers.